NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, better check the tab above: “NYC Events-April”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.


Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

SFJazz Collective: “The Music of Miles Davis”
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“There’s so much star power in this ambitious octet—including the saxophonists Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez, the trumpeter Sean Jones, and the pianist Edward Simon—that it could supply tingle to practically any given repertoire. The epochal work of Miles Davis, though, provides more than enough for any band to sink its teeth into. Davis, iconic as he is, will not be handled with kid gloves by this adventurous ensemble.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Marilyn Maye: 90 at Last!
>> Ron Carter Big Band Honoring The Legacy Of Michel Legrand.
>> Ballet Hispánico
>> Smoke’s 19th Anniversary Celebration

Continuing Events
>> The Orchid Show

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Marilyn Maye: 90 at Last! (April 10-29)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $85+
“Back by popular demand! In 90 At Last! marvelous Marilyn Maye returns to her home away from home to celebrate her (latest) milestone birthday with her favorite audiences. Every performance will feature a special 90th birthday celebration for this very beloved lady of cabaret. As always, Marilyn carries the torch from her peers who originated tunes of the Great American Songbook to the singers who perform these songs today and will carry them on to future generations.”

Ron Carter Big Band Honoring The Legacy Of Michel Legrand.
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $45-$65
“Nearing eighty-one years old, the great bassist Carter is an official jazz patriarch, but that doesn’t mean that he’s been setting his ambitions any lower these days. Here, he leads his big band, an occasional labor of love well-stocked with formidable players and crafty charts, in a program that will touch on the music of Michel Legrand, the acclaimed French film composer with whom Carter has had a long association.” (NewYorker)

Ballet Hispánico (LAST DAY)
Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $45+
“Two new ballets based on the life and work of Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca — alongside a third, flamenco-inflected piece — highlight the annual spring season of the country’s premiere Latino dance troupe. Gustavo Ramirez Sansano offers a look at Lorca’s life in New York in 1929. In Waiting for Pepe, Carlos Pons Guerra transforms Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba using theatrical techniques from film and telenovelas. Completing the program is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s two-year-old Línea Recta, which explores the odd absence, in flamenco, of physical contact between dancers. All these works are products of the company’s Instituto Coreográfico, a lab for Latino dancemakers launched in 2010 by company director Eduardo Vilaro.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $45
Mr. McBride has more clean, fastidious power than almost any other bassist around — it makes him a kind of dream sideman. But most of his creative energy these days gets spent on his own ensembles, and the most recent of them is a big winner. The New Jawn quartet has a roguish, brawny sound, sprung from the earthy drumming of Nasheet Waits and the sharp-elbowed horn playing of Josh Evans on trumpet and J. D. Allen on tenor saxophone (on previous engagements, the saxophonist has been Marcus Strickland).” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Smoke’s 19th Anniversary Celebration
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, betw105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, +10:30PM, $40
“Just short of its emerald anniversary, this uptown jazz haunt welcomes a swath of familiar faces to the stage, including the pianist Harold Mabern, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and the drummer Louis Hayes, for a birthday blowout.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour.

FESTIVAL OF MALI (April 14-16)
at Brooklyn Bowl / 8 p.m., $
“The offerings at this three-night festival provide a cross sample of the country’s music — from the kinetic churn of the Songhaï vocalist and guitarist Sidi Touré on Saturday to the gentler admonishments of the griot supergroup Trio Da Kali on Sunday. The series closes on Monday with Fatoumata Diawara, a beguiling talent on vocals and guitar whose music splits the difference between the other two headliners while admitting folk influences from around the world.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

“Rock isn’t dead; it just went back to Africa. And the World Music Institute’s Festival of Mali, a keenly curated three-night celebration of West African sounds straddling yesterday and tomorrow, should prove it. The fest kicks off Saturday with Sidi Touré, whose exciting new Toubalbero electroshocks the folk sounds of his earlier albums with the help of Djadjé Traoré’s overdriven electric guitar. Sunday, the stunning South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who translates classical Mali kora music to acoustic guitar, joins Trio Da Kali, which recently released an album of luminously expressive balafon (xylophone), ngoni (ancestor to the banjo), and vocal music with the Kronos Quartet. On Monday, singer Fatoumata Diawara wraps up the festival with an evening of music rooted in the distinctive female vocal style of Mali’s Wassoulou region.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)



♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

Continuing Events

The Orchid Show (thru April 22)
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; various dates and times; $20
“Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.”

“With less than a month left to see the 16th edition of the Orchid Show, there’s no better time to go to the New York Botanical Garden. Marvel over Belgian floral artist Daniël Ost’s wabi-sabi installations, which find beauty in imperfection and impermanence.” (TONY)

The Orchid Show in NYC guide

Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

A special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

Stephen Shore (thru May 28)

“This immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective is devoted to one of the best American photographers of the past half century. Shore has peers—Joel Meyerowitz, Joel Sternfeld, Richard Misrach, and, especially, William Eggleston—in a generation that, in the nineteen-seventies, stormed to eminence with color film, which art photographers had long disdained. His best-known series, “American Surfaces” and “Uncommon Places,” are both from the seventies and were mostly made in rugged Western states. The pictures in these series share a quality of surprise: appearances surely unappreciated if even really noticed by anyone before—in rural Arizona, a phone booth next to a tall cactus, on which a crude sign (“GARAGE”) is mounted, and, on a small-city street in Wisconsin, a movie marquee’s neon wanly aglow, at twilight. A search for fresh astonishments has kept Shore peripatetic, on productive sojourns in Mexico, Scotland, Italy, Ukraine, and Israel. He has remained a vestigial Romantic, stopping in space and 
time to frame views that exert a peculiar tug on him. This framing is resolutely formalist: subjects composed laterally, from edge to edge, and in depth. There’s never a “background.” The most distant element is as considered as the nearest. But only when looking for it are you conscious of Shore’s formal discipline, because it is as fluent as a language learned from birth. His best pictures at once arouse feelings and leave us alone to make what we will of them. He delivers truths, whether hard or easy, with something very like mercy.” (NewYorker)

Tarsila do Amaral (thru June 3)

Introducing New York to the First Brazilian Modernist
“Forty-five years after Tarsila do Amaral’s death, MOMA presents her first-ever museum exhibition in the U.S. Some artists are so iconic, they’re known by only one name: Brancusi, Léger, Tarsila. Wait, who? The painter Tarsila do Amaral is so famous in her native Brazil that forty-three years after her death she helped close out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when a projected pattern of red-orange-yellow arcs graced the stadium floor, an homage to her 1929 painting “Setting Sun.” That chimerical landscape—stylized sunset above tubular cacti and a herd of capybaras that shape-shift into boulders—hangs now at MOMA, in the artist’s first-ever museum exhibition in the U.S., “Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil.” (NewYorker)

‘TARSILA DO AMARAL: INVENTING MODERN ART IN BRAZIL’ (through June 3). “The subtitle is no overstatement: In the early 1920s, first in Paris and then back home in São Paulo, Brazil, this painter really did lay the groundwork for the coming of modernism in Latin America’s most populous nation. Tired of the European pretenders in Brazil’s art academies, Tarsila (who was always called by her first name) began to intermingle Western, African and indigenous motifs into flowing, biomorphic paintings, and to theorize a new national culture fueled by the principle of antropofagia, or “cannibalism.” Along with spare, assured drawings of Rio and the Brazilian countryside, this belated but very welcome show assembles Tarsila’s three most important paintings, including the classic “Abaporu” (1928): a semi-human nude with a spindly nose and a comically swollen foot. (Jason Farago)” (NYT)

Whitney Museum of American Art

GRANT WOOD: AMERICAN GOTHIC AND OTHER FABLES’ (through June 10). This well-done survey begins with the American Regionalist’s little-known efforts as an Arts and Crafts designer and touches just about every base. It includes his mural studies, book illustrations and most of his best-known paintings — including “American Gothic” and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” Best of all are Wood’s smooth undulant landscapes with their plowmen and spongy trees and infectious serenity. (Smith, NYT)

‘ZOE LEONARD: SURVEY’  (through June 10).
Some shows cast a spell. Zoe Leonard’s reverberant retrospective does. Physically ultra-austere, all white walls with a fiercely edited selection of objects — photographs of clouds taken from airplane windows; a mural collaged from vintage postcards; a scattering of empty fruit skins, each stitched closed with needle and thread — it’s an extended essay about travel, time passing, political passion and the ineffable daily beauty of the world. (Cotter, NYT)
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/13 and 04/11.


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